The freedom that marked the westward migration has never quite left the Grand Canyon State, where giving parents power is a priority. Arizona recently expanded access to education savings accounts, which means that now all students in the state can participate in one of the strongest opportunity programs in the country. In addition, Arizona’s charter law takes autonomy seriously and the state now has some of the most innovative charters in the nation. The state also has its eye on growing a high-quality teaching workforce, leveraging merit pay as one way to achieve that. Arizona’s commitment to transparency is clear, and this too is a benefit to students and families.